Toulouse Street Style A Fashion Editors guide to Toulouse Street Style. Toulouse is an affluent university city and the style on the streets is classic, smart and preppy. It’s not avant garde or particularly dressy but understated and chic. Think skinny jeans, breton tops, beige trench coats and a classic Louis Vuitton tote bag. Add a pair of elegant sunglasses and splash of rouge lippy and you’ll fit in perfectly.
I was recently lucky enough to visit The Maldives, a group of 26 atolls (clusters of islands) known for its stunning natural beauty and incredible coral reefs, situated in the Indian Ocean. From white tipped reef sharks, dolphins and graceful manta rays to spectacular underwater coral worlds, the natural plant and wild life on these islands is astounding. To reach the Maldives you’ll most likely arrive at
Go retro by channelling 50’s screen icons and pin up girls for the sauciest look on the sand this season. To avoid taking the trend too literally accessorise with sporty flats and modern jewellery. For the finishing touch add a splash of red lipstick. Clockwise from left: red 50’s bikini – ASOS www.asos.com, sunglasses – Persol www.persol.com, necklace and bracelet – Lucy Hutchings www.lucyhutchings.com, ring – Maria Francesca Pepe www.mfpepe.com,
Sporty minimalism is the simplest and most practical choice on the beach this season. ‘Prism’ the trendy eyewear specialist has launched a new sporty swim wear range . Pair one of the bikinis, in sky blue or nude (key colours for spring summer) with metallic power flats and round lens sunglasses (very on trend). Accessorise with tough jewellery, natural lips and ice blue nails. Simple as. Clockwise from left: sunglasses, blue
The boldest beach look this season is neon. Clash acid yellow, pink and orange for impact. Not only do flouro shades enhance a tan they are also thought to lift the spirits. For a quieter nod to the trend stick to bright accessories or a pop of neon nail polish. Clockwise from left: vest – Velvet velvet-tees.com, tube dress – www.emiliocavallini.com, bikini – Pistol Panties www.pistolpanties.com, sun cream –
As seen on the catwalks of Prada and Jil Sander, going linear is the easiest way to earn your beach fashion stripes. Whether you go for a bold graphic line or an elegant French breton, this look is so chic and laid back, it’s virtually horizontal. Clockwise from left: turban – American Apparel americanapparel.net, bikini – ASOS www.asos.com, stripe top – Day Birger et Mikkelson http://shop.day.dk, sunglasses – Vogue www.davidclulow.com,
The boho trend is back on the beach (did it ever go away?) This summer think world traveller, mix up your ethnic with tribal, faux feathers with animal prints. The eclectic clash is what makes the look work. Go for hot pink shades and watch the temperature rise. Clockwise from left: Trilby – Zadig and Voltaire www.zadig-et-voltaire.com, kaftan – Lotus of London www.lotuslondon.com, Earrings – Miss Selfridge www.missselfridge.com, bag
Maldives – What to Wear, beauty and accessories Sun cream factor 20 – Clarins http://uk.clarins.com, flower hair clip – River Island www.riverisland.com, Goddess Sea Star Bronzing Blush – Estee Lauder www.esteelauder.co.uk, ring – Dorothy Perkins www.dorothyperkins.com. Sandals – from an Indian street market, hair band – Wallis www.wallis.co.uk, hair products – Charles Worthington Takeaways www.charlesworthington.com, lip gloss – Illamasqua www.illamasqua.com, friendship bracelets – Links of London www.linksoflondon.com, nail varnish – Essie www.essie.com. Treasure Island –